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Document ID (ISN)78603
CIS number 02-662
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goon A.T.J., Goh C.L.
Title Epidemiology of occupational skin disease in Singapore 1989 - 1998
Bibliographic information Sep. 2000, Vol.43, No.3, p.133-136. 3 ref.
Abstract All patients diagnosed with occupational skin diseases in the National Skin Centre, Singapore, between 1989 and 1998 were studied retrospectively. Irritant contact dermatitis was found to be more common than allergic contact dermatitis. The major sources of occupational dermatitis were the metalworking and engineering, building and construction, electrical and electronics, and transport industries. The main irritants were detergents and wet work, solvents, and oils and greases. The main allergens were chromate, rubber chemicals and nickel. That the main sources of occupational skin disease and main allergens were the same as those found in a similar study of occupational skin diseases in 1984-85. Weak irritants are still the predominant causes of occupational irritant contact dermatitis.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; Singapore; dermatological services; dermatological examinations; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) detergents; electronics industry; nickel; skin allergies; eczema; urticaria; rubber chemicals; solvents; diagnosis; epidemiologic study; construction industry; transport industry; metalworking industry; skin tests; electrical industry; irritants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Electronics industry
Occupational health services